Back in August, it was announced that Mark Millar’s incomplete comic book series Nemesis would be adapted for the big screen by blockbuster veteran Tony Scott. This was a big boon for Millar, considering his other comic-to-movie adaptation, Kick-Ass, didn’t exactly set the domestic box office on fire -- especially its opening take.
Over the past few months, despite Millar’s insistence that a Kick-Ass sequel was greenlit, the stars of the original, Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz, indicated that it probably wouldn't even happen. When it was announced last week that Tony Scott was developing Top Gun 2, many wondered if Nemesis, too, would fall by the wayside.
Not so, according to Scott, who told MTV News that Nemesis is definitely on the way.
“Nemesis is great. It’s something I’ve never done before. I love touching new worlds, touching new things, and that's what excites me. Nemesis is a fresh genre for me. […] The comic sat on my desk for about a week and I kept looking at it and looking at it. […] I don’t know what [exactly made me pick it up]. What speaks to me? Why make the movie? What speaks to you is your heart and your mind. It’s spontaneity. Once you start analyzing why you’re doing something, you’re in trouble. I’ve had a love affair with every movie I’ve done — 16 now — and I’m lucky, because I’ve always been able to follow my heart. […] I’m just beginning now. We’re right at the beginning.”
Check out the video below for the full interview:
Nemesis, a story that essentially imagines an evil Batman who matches wits with a Commissioner Gordon analog, is actually one of Mark Millar’s least critically successful comic books.
(SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! Do not read below if you haven't read Nemesis #3 and still want to!)
The last issue, for example, was mocked for its dialogue and content, as it saw Evil Batman forcibly impregnate Alternate Universe Jim Gordon’s daughter with his son’s sperm. The following panel in particular elicited groans and laughs from a number of comic book commentators:
Not only because it’s an utterly ridiculous idea, but also because Millar neglected to mention how exactly Alternate Gordon’s daughter’s womb was “rigged,” which left many to assume it was just…well, magic.
Indeed, there has been a bit of a Millar backlash over the past couple years. His Kick-Ass was very popular with many, but loathed by many others—specifically for its portrayal of minorities as criminals. Millar’s most recent book, Superior, has been even less critically successful than Nemesis, but that’s only one issue in so far, and his Ultimate Avengers has been utterly underwhelming, especially when stacked up against his original run on The Ultimates with Bryan Hitch. That said, there's no denying that Millar's work in the Ultimate universe (pre-Ultimatum) and on Red Son, The Authority, and Wolverine was utterly successful, critically acclaimed, and generally entertaining to boot.
Tony Scott’s latest film, Unstoppable, starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, hits theaters November 12th, 2010. Are you looking forward to Nemesis, or are you getting bored by Millar's "edgy" comic book-based movies? Let us know in the comments.